Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY Bar Necklace using Polymer Clay

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Hello! I´ve seen this bar necklaces everywhere online, and I wanted to give it a try, but of course with my own twist to it. There no much to say other than, I love this piece, is so cute, kind of industrial and edgy. Of course size is totally customizable, you can make it as big or as small as you prefer, this is me just sharing how I did it.


Materials, and how-to come in this YouTube video, happy crafting and I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels | Valentine´s Day Gift Ideas

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Today I wanted to share this idea, that originally was mean to be in video form, as all my dessert ideas are, but I don´t know what happened to my recorded files. I couldn´t find them all over my computer (I even searched on files/folders I kind of forgot I had), and I didn´t find anything. I either deleted the files while cleaning my camera or I never actually pressed “record” to begin with. Sometimes that happens when I am too concentrated on what I am doing, then I look at the camera and realize I am not recording anything of what I am doing. When that happens I have to start the whole thin all over again. Is either that or I am totally out of frame. But today is simply don´t have the files. I which I had a camera buddy, that would be wonderful!

I still wanted to share the idea for Valentine´s Day, because I think they go great for the occasion. Not only are they super practical, ready in no-time and cute, they are delish (I mean, chocolate, say no more)!

INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS:
*Note: Quantities are optional, but this is how much I used.

-       ½ cup Pretzels.
-       ¾ cup semisweet chocolate. I used and recommend Hershey´s Chocolate Chips. Tempered. Following tempering instructions that come at the back of the package.
-       Handful of Nuts. Finely Chopped.
-       Tray. Or plate, something you can put inside your fridge.
-       Parchment/wax paper.
-       Fork.
-       Toothpick.

DIRECTIONS:


Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DIY Accessories out of Polymer Clay!

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Hi everyone! 
Today I wanted to quickly say Hi and let you know about this exciting news I got. 
I made my first online course: Accessories out of Polymer Clay!

If you are into creating your own accessories with affordable and friendly materials, at your own time you´ll love this. No need for special or fancy tools.  These are fun projects suitable for anyone, regardless if you have worked with polymer clay before or not.

I guide students through the entire process, from what materials to use, to all the steps to re-create them, such cutting polymer clay before and after baked, sculpt, make different shapes, paint, glue, etc. Everything and anything you need to know in order to make them. I also give tips and tricks I´ve learned along the 4 years I´ve been working with this amazing material.

My course contains 10 lessons. Each lessons equals one accessory, so in total you will be leaving with 10 new accessories or at least ideas, tips and tricks that will help you to make these or similar items
It´s only $14.99. Join here


P.S. Perfect for a Valentine´s Day Gift!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Last-Minute Easy Super Bowl Snack!

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HI everyone! I am not a huge sports fan, unless is the Olympics and the World Cup, other than that I always tend to forget what´s when, hence my super last minute post on these. But I thought I´d share anyways, because not only are these practical, yummy and no baking needed, I mean…why not!

INGREDIENTS & TOOLS USED FOR THESE:
-       ½ cup Semi Sweet Hershey´s Chocolate Chips.
-       2 tablespoon of white chocolate
-       15-20 nuts.
-       Tray
-       Wax paper
-       Ziploc bag
-       Toothpick
-       Fork

Quantities are optional and approximate; once you watch the video I explain a bit more of that. Have a super fun time, and happy snacking!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails: The Sweet & Anti-Valentine´s

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Hello! Whether you celebrate Valentine´s Day or not I have something for ya´ll. I honestly wasn´t sure if posting these two in the same post, because they are kind of opposite, but then, its kind of the same subject and for the same purpose which is showing an easy design for an occasion, so here we go.

THE SWEET
The first one is all about love and celebrating this day. This one has sweet little hearts that are so easy to paint. Perfect for those who want to have a cute design, that´s subtle but still there!




TOOLS:

-       Sand Tropez by Essie
-       No Hard Feeling by Sally Hansen
-       Love Rocks by Sally Hansen
-       White on by Sally Hansen
-       Winner takes it all by Maybelline
-       Nail Hardener by Sally Hansen
-       Toothpick
-       Thin brush DIY here.

HOW-TO HERE: 





ANTI-VALENTINE´S

The second one is for those who don´t celebrate it, and are pretty much against it. Mainly because they don´t like all the drama of the day, or because they think it´s all cheesy, and pretty boring when you don´t have a partner. They think it´s all about merchandizing more than actual feelings. They usual go by the saying of “Love Sucks”, this is for them!




TOOLS AND POLISHED USED:

-       Base Coat by Beauty Secrets
-    Black Out by Sally Hansen
-       No Hard Feeling by Sally Hansen
-       Love Rocks by Sally Hansen
-       Red Acrylic Paint because I run out of red nail polish
-       Nail Hardener by Sally Hansen
-       Dotting Tool DIY here.
-       Thin brush DIY here.

HOW-TO HERE:




PERSONAL CHOISE:

For me I am a little bit of both. I use to be against it, I am not going to lie, but then I realized, that I like love, I love my family, my boyfriend and friends. The thing that would bother me is all the merchandizing everywhere. Stores that would make you buy stuff so you can “tell someone you love them” when in reality it shouldn´t be a matter of either money or a special date. Love should be shown daily, and you shouldn’t have to buy something to tell someone how special he or she is. Details are essential, but they don´t necessarily cost. It also is a huge remainder of how important someone thinks having a partner is, when no one should feel pressured if they don´t have a partner. Love isn´t exclusive for a partner, love is for everyone/something important in one´s life. I mean, is not the same love you have for your family, than you do for your partner, but it´s still love. Yes, I totally said something, because sometimes we love object. Nothing wrong with that I think: A dress we treasure, a photo of an especial occasion, a letter, a movie ticket that reminds us to something special. etc.

Another think that would bother me before, is everything turns red and pink. I guess I am not that girly, and I prefer something a bit more classy, modern and a bit edgy, so a black and white, neutrals or colorful store calls my attention way more than an “all pink” one.  But that´s just me I suppose.

Anyways, enough of me rambling. I just needed to express how I feel about love, and about Valentine´s Day in particular.


Happy always. Love always. Do you like/celebrate Valentine´s Day? If so, how?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chocolate Hearts | Valentine´s Day Gift Idea

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Hi everyone! Even though I particularly don´t celebrate Valentine´s Day, I still wanted to share this idea for all those who do celebrate it. These ones are not exclusive to that date, but because they look so romantic and have such decadent flavors, they go pretty well for Valentine´s Day. I would say they are kind of ideal for it.

I can totally imagine 3 scenarios with them.
The romantic one: a couple, having some wine after a romantic dinner and these little hearts as treats.
The familiar:  A family in a family gathering on a Saturday afternoon, after lunch, enjoying them.
The wedding guests: A few friends enjoying them, after having the man course, at their best friend´s small wedding.

INGREDIENTS:
-       10-12 Nuts, chopped. But you can add less or more. It all depends on how many nuts you want to add.
-       ½ cup Semisweet Hershey's Chocolate Chips. I used the ones that come with tempering instructions at the back.
-       1/3 cup chopped Mixed Berries, chunky pieces.

Now, I did use frozen berries, but next time I will be definitely be using fresh ones. Watch the following step-by-step tutorial to find out why. Happy heart-making!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY M&M Phone Case | Valentine´s Day Gift Idea

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Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share this Cell Phone case I did for my 7-year-old niece. I wanted to give her something M&M related because I know how much she loves that stuff (and I love them too, so delish). I went with the red M&M because, she´s this sassy little girl (I think red goes better with that), she loves red, green and brow and Valentine´s Day is almost here, so why not giving away or rocking a red cell phone case for that holiday? You know, people give those chocolate in that day anyway, why not go a bit further.

MATERIALS:
-       Pencil and eraser.
-       Different size brushes.
-       Piece of paper or plastic. Basically any surface you don´t mind getting messy.
-       Big dotting tool, the back of a brush will work.
-       X-acto knife.
-       Acrylic paints: Red, white, black, green, orange, blue, yellow and brown.
-       Spray gloss.

Here is the how-to. Happy painting and let me know, what is your fave M&M?